5 Essex Court

Barnabas Branston

Call 1999

"He’s fantastic. He really gets to grips with the issues”
Chambers UK

Barney is ranked as a leading junior specialising in police law, inquests and police discipline. He is rated by clients for being “excellent counsel” and "a master strategist”

Barney acts for a range of clients including police forces across England and Wales and other organisations in the public and private sector. He is currently representing Serco Home Affairs, Devon and Cornwall Police, West Midlands Police, Dyfed Powys Police on a variety of matters including as Junior Counsel in the Group Litigation Order arising out of the Hillsborough disaster. He is also providing bespoke legal advice to a start-up specialising in the provision of security at public events.

Before being called to the Bar, Barney studied French at Oxford and whilst at university was sponsored by the Welsh Guards. After graduating he served in the regiment for five years in Nortnern Ireland, Shropshire, Paris, Germany and London.

Barney is happy to provide lectures to solicitors on all aspects of his practice. He has recently provided training on inquests and police misconduct hearings.